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Ironman volunteers prepared for Sunday's heat and humidity

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The heat is affecting preparations for tomorrow's Iron Man Competition in Louisville.

Heat exhaustion and dehydration are just a couple of the top concerns for more than 200 medical volunteers on stand-by.

The Kentucky International Convention Center has transformed into a treatment center.

"We have our ice baths ready, we have our fluids ready and we're going to take good care of the folks," volunteer and registered nurse Cheri Johnson said.

Johnson has volunteered with Ironman for six years. Her daughter Sarah has for five.

"Even as a medical student, the first couple years when you're working you're just studying all the time and in the library," said Sarah Couch, who's also a medical student. "And this is a great way to see real patients, who have real things, and practice some of those skills that you learn in school."

The mobile medical area will be filled with hundreds of volunteers, including 80 nurses and 50 doctors.

They're all ready to go with cots, IVs and medication.

Dr. Steve Heilman with Norton Healthcare says one of their main concerns is the weather, and they're ready for anyone who's affected by the heat.

"One of the best ways to do is ice immersion and so in the hot years we always fill that up with an ice bath," Heliman said. "So if we have someone coming in who's confused or seems to be suffering from heat stroke - in the pool they go."

They can't do x-rays or CT scans, so any emergencies go right to the hospital.

But in terms of the heat, a couple competitors we spoke with didn't seem too concerned.

"The weather is pretty much like home so I'm not so scared about the heat," said Ariel Torres, a competitor from Argentina. "But it's very humid, so it's going to be a tough race tomorrow."

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